I have always loved books, some of my earliest memories are of reading and discovering new books. I believe my mom read to me a lot when I was very young. I have some vague memories and I know she has told me of those moments we shared.
I found some old reading books of my sisters when I was very young. They were old Dick and Jane books.
When I think about these old readers I must have been learning to read by age 4 to 5. I have a soft spot in my heart for these old repetitive simplistic books. I even bought my son Nick a reprint when he was learning to read.
When I was in elementary school my love of books increased. I don’t remember a school library, but we did have regular visits from the Public Library Bookmobile. Did you have one in your hometown growing up? It was wonderful, I lived for those days at school. Our class would line up, and only so many students at a time were allowed in the bookmobile which looked like a converted bus or motor home type vehicle. It smelled wonderful!!
My reading quickly went from little girl and Judy Blume, to adult at about age 12-13, I read books my mom had laying around, I would buy books at the local 5 and 10 drug store, you know the ones with semi lewd mass market paperbacks. I loved The Catcher in the Rye, and Gone With the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, and so many more. These books took me away…..to places unknown, and I loved it.
These are some of my earliest reading memories, before college, and too many text books, and men, and the fun I had there.
What about you? Do you have early favorites? Did you have teen favorites too? I’d love to hear.